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The Outcasts

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 in 70s, ALTERNATIVE, Psychobilly, Punk

The Outcasts were a punk rock band from Belfast, Northern Ireland formed in 1977. with an initial line up of Blair Hamilton (vocals), Greg Cowan (bass), Colin “Getty” Getgood (lead guitar), and Greg’s brothers Colin Cowan (drums), and Martin Cowan (rhythm guitar). According to Greg Cowan, their name derived from the fact that they were banned from five clubs in one week…

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Thomas Wayne

Posted on Jun 15, 2017 in Rock 'n' Roll, ROCK/POP, Rockabilly

Thomas Wayne (Perkins) was born in Battsville, Mississippi, USA in 1940. Wayne was a classic one-hit artist, the younger brother of Luther Perkins, the guitarist who developed and first played the trademark two-string guitar style behind Johnny Cash. Wayne attended Humes High School in Memphis, where a few years earlier the young Elvis Presley had come and gone with little fanfare…

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The La’s

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 in 80s, Indie

When the La’s released their debut album in 1990, it made immediate waves in the British pop scene, as well as American college radio. Drawing from the hook-laden, ringing guitars of mid-’60s British pop as well as the post-punk pop of the Smiths, the La’s’ self-titled first album had a timeless, classic feel. It seemed like effortless music, yet that was not the case. From their inception in 1986, lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Lee Mavers was a perfectionist with a nearly obsessive eye for detail…

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Little Willie John

Posted on Jun 5, 2017 in Rhythm & Blues, SOUL

He never received the accolades given to the likes of Sam Cooke, Clyde McPhatter, and James Brown, but Little Willie John ranks as one of R&B’s most influential performers. His muscular high timbre and enormous technical and emotional range belied his young age (his first hit came when he was 18), but his mid-’50s work for Syd Nathan’s King label would play a great part in the way soul music would sound…

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The Poni-Tails

Posted on May 30, 2017 in 50s, ROCK/POP

Toni Cistone (lead), LaVerne Novak, and Karen Topinka were the original Poni-Tails. Unlike some other acts who scored big in rock, the trio of ladies didn’t come from meager beginnings; they all were from Lyndhurst, OH (an upper-middle-class suburb of Cleveland…

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Percy Mayfield

Posted on May 25, 2017 in BLUES, Rhythm & Blues

A masterful songwriter whose touching blues ballad “Please Send Me Someone to Love,” a multi-layered universal lament, was a number one R&B hit in 1950, Percy Mayfield had the world by the tail until a horrific 1952 auto wreck left him facially disfigured. That didn’t stop the poet laureate of the blues from writing in a prolific fashion, though. As Ray Charles’ favorite scribe during the ’60s, he handed the Genius such gems as “Hit the Road Jack”…

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The Association

Posted on May 20, 2017 in 60s, ROCK/POP

The Association was one of the more underrated groups to come out of the mid- to late ’60s. Creators of an enviable string of hits from 1966 through 1969, they got caught in a shift in popular culture and the unwritten criteria for significance in that field and never recovered. The group’s smooth harmonies and pop-oriented sound made them regular occupants of the highest reaches of the pop charts for two years…

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The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band

Posted on May 15, 2017 in 60s, Experimental, Psychedelic, ROCK/POP

One of the more offbeat acts to emerge during the psychedelic era, the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band were certainly eclectic and ambitious enough to live up to their slightly clumsy moniker, capable of jumping from graceful folk-rock to wailing guitar freakouts to atonal, multilayered, avant-garde compositions at a moment’s notice, but they also reflected a strongly divided creative mindset, with Bob Markley, the lyricist and leader of the group, on one side and the rest of the band on the other…

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Junior Parker

Posted on May 10, 2017 in BLUES, Rhythm & Blues, SOUL

His velvet-smooth vocal delivery to the contrary, Junior Parker was a product of the fertile postwar Memphis blues circuit whose wonderfully understated harp style was personally mentored by none other than regional icon Sonny Boy Williamson. Herman Parker, Jr. only traveled in the best blues circles from the outset. He learned his initial licks from Williamson and gigged with the mighty Howlin’ Wolf while still in his teens…

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Stornoway

Posted on May 5, 2017 in Contemporary, Indie, ROCK/POP

The folky indie pop band Stornoway take their name from a town in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, but the group hails from Oxford, England. Singer/guitarist Brian Briggs, keyboardist/string player Jonathan Ouin, and bassist Ollie Steadman and drummer Rob Steadman (a pair of brothers from South Africa) formed the band while they were attending Oxford University; the well-studied band includes an ornithologist and a Russian translator…

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